Bill Clinton The Day Before 9/11: I Could Have Killed Bin Laden

Didn't Pull Trigger Because of Civilian Casualties

Sky News in Australia has released an almost 13-year-old audio tape revealing that, approximately 10 hours before al Qaeda terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Towers, Bill Clinton told a group of Australian businessmen that he could have killed Usama Bin Laden but didn't because he was worried about civilian casualties. 

On the July 30th Paul Murray Live program on Sky News, guest Michael Kroger revealed an audio tape that he didn't remember he had until the week prior to the program. Speaking at a luncheon in front of 30 business people, the former president was asked a question about international terrorism and answered:

I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he’s a very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.

Almost 3,000 people died the next day on 9/11/01.

Paul Murray